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One night only – me and my girl Oprah

and about 19,000+ other people!  I am still riding high from the fact that I was one of the lucky 19,000+ people who would be seeing Ms. O (as in the Big O…as in my virtual BFF…as in Sophia from the Color Purple …as in Oprah Winfrey) during one of the last 3 shows.  Yes, I was going to see her at the taping of the Farewell Season: Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular. (I still can’t believe it!)

Now you may ask…how did I get tickets?  I simply submitted my name on her website.  Yep, it was just that simple.   I had stumbled on her sight (I can’t even remember why I was on there) and I saw that they were taking open reservations for her show on April 29th and April 30th only.  Friday, April 29th was a wash because I totally forgot all about it.  And I almost forgot about it on Saturday, had it not been for a commercial on TV talking about the last Oprah shows.  So I quickly ran to my laptop and tried submitting my name but of course everything that could have gone wrong did (forgot my user name and password for the Oprah site; internet slow; laptop crashed, etc.).  All those things happening just had to be a sign that I wasn’t going to get the tickets, but I went ahead and submitted me and my friend’s name anyway.  What the hell, I thought.

On Sunday (May 1st) around 6:00 pm I was looking for an email with my offer letter for a new position I just accepted when I saw this…

I couldn’t believe it!  I won tickets to go see Oprah!  My BFF and I had a GREAT time.  Chicago was wonderful…a little windy but other than that it was sunny and welcoming and we had a blast!

Checking off one as complete from my Mighty Awesome List!

Here are some pictures from my little adventure…

Tickets to the Oprah Show...floor seats baby! Too sweet!

Michigan Avenue

Beautiful Tulips! I love the city!

Me and my bff Jonetta on our way to see Oprah!

Waiting in line for the show. Doors opened at 5:00 pm.

OPRAH!

Inside the United Center.

OPRAH! I see you!!!!

Simon

Stevie!

Tyler Perry

Oprah and Jamie Foxx

It's not a real Chicago trip without getting some Garrett's popcorn. Carmel and cheddar mix please!

Oprah, if you’re reading this…thanks for the past 25 years and thank you for allowing me to spend this one special night with you.  And if you’re looking for some new talent…give me a call.  🙂

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On Being Different

If you’ve visited my blog before, you will know that one of my favorite bloggers/scrapbookers/photographer/artist is Ali Edwards.  I have followed her for a while now and would say that she is one of a few blogs that I read on an almost daily basis.  In my mind she is my friend (okay I know that sounds a little creepy) as I can relate to almost ALL of her posts on work, life, raising children, etc.

Well like always, today Ali didn’t disappoint me.  Her post for today was quite simple, yet it speaks volumes.  It is a simple reminder that YOU okay just the way YOU are!  So today I am celebrating me and my uniqueness…quirks and all!  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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No TV for a week? Are you kidding me?

Last week while I was catching up on some of the blogs that I regularly follow, I can across a post from on of my favorite bloggers Ali Edwards, where she mentioned that her family has decided to have a no-TV summer.

Come again?

A summer with no TV?

Are you mad?

Wait I LOVE that idea!

Over the past few months I have come to notice a subtle change in our family dynamic.  We’ve started to  move differently, we interact differently…we have started to become disconnected (almost) and I couldn’t  put my finger on the what or the why this was happening.  But after reading Ali’s post, I started to think…could it be technology that has gotten in our way and changed the way we interact with each other?  More specifically I started to wonder what would happen to our family dynamic if we were to semi-disconnected from technology?  I say semi-disconnect because I work from home and a computer is necessary or else momma don’t get paid.  But aside from using technology to work, what would happen if we just turned it off?

Say for a week?

Okay what about 5 days?

I don’t know about you but as a family we watch entirely too much television.  It’s the first thing we turn on in the morning, and it puts us to sleep at night.  If the kids aren’t watching TV then they are playing video games and more than likely arguing over something stupid. (For those of you who have teenage boys, I’m sure you can feel my pain).    Now knowing my family the way that I do, they would probably commit me to a mental institution if I proposed a summer with no-TV, but what about a week with no TV?  Would they go for it?  Would they even attempt to try?  Would we even survive as a family or would we all drive each other mad?

Hummmm it’s worth finding out.

So last week, during dinner I suggested to my family that for 5 days, let’s turn the TV and video games off.  Yep, you heard me.  Turn them off.  Instead of watching TV, let’s read a book (I’ve got at least 100 on my night stand waiting to be read), or we could play a game, go outside, take a dip in the pool, or we could just be still.

What do I expect to gain from this little experiment, you ask.  Well to be honest with you I’m not quite sure.  I would love to say that I hope our family will get a little closer and that our bond will be stronger, however removing the TV could have the opposite effect on us as a family.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Now let me finishing unplugging the TVs and gathering the remotes.

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Chatting with Sister Save-A-Lot Saturday June 11th on Cocktails and Conversations

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